African Ostrich – Say Hello!

Standing tall on long, bare legs, a humped, feathered body and a long, curving neck, the Ostrich is the biggest bird species of the world. It can’t fly but is a very fast runner.

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We saw many Ostriches in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, however, they are not endemic to this region. Ostriches have been successfully domesticated and are now farmed throughout the world, particularly in South Africa, for meat, feathers and leather. Curious as they are, Ostriches make always for a funny picture!

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Mit den langen, haarlosen Beinen, dem gewölbten, gefederten Körper und dem langen, kurvigen Hals gehört der Strauss zur grössten Vogelart der Welt. Er kann nicht fliegen, dafür kann er sehr schnell rennen.

Wir sahen viele Afrikanische Sträusse im Kruger National Park, Südafrika, sie sind jedoch nicht endemisch in dieser Region. Sträusse wurden erfolgreich domestiziert und werden heutzutage weltweit, und vorallem auch in Südafrika, für Fleisch, Federn und Leder gezüchtet. Sträusse sind immer gut für ein lustiges Foto, neugierig wie sie sind!


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Kruger National Park In The Summer

What’s your favorite animal? On our recent trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa – one of our favorite places – we had an amazing time. Enjoy our first video, more to come.

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Moving pictures of our last visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa. First time to visit in the lush summer time after good rains, when newborn are numerous and birds are abundant.

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Kruger Nationalpark im Sommer

Bewegende Bilder unseres letzten Besuches im Kruger Nationalpark, Südafrika. Zum ersten Mal reisten wir im üppigen Sommer nach ausreichendem Regen,  wenn Junge zahlreich geboren werden und Vögel in Scharen anzutreffen sind.

Wild Dogs Of Kruger National Park, South Africa

We were fortunate enough to see a pack of wild dogs during our visit in Kruger National Park, South Africa, not only one time but three times in a row. Enjoy the pictures and learn some details about this magnificent animal.

Wild dogs in Kruger National Park are in my opinion one of the most magnificent carnivores. Although numbers are scarce we were lucky enough to see one pack three times within a few days. Their looks and movements fascinated me for hours while they accepted our vicinity with indifference.  Continue reading “Wild Dogs Of Kruger National Park, South Africa”

Giraffe With Two Heads

Driving the S25 along the Crocodile River I captured this unusual picture of giraffes in the Kruger National Park.

Driving the S25 along the Crocodile River I captured this unusual picture of giraffes in the Kruger National Park.

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Best time to visit Kruger National Park, South Africa

Some say it’s best to visit the Kruger National Park during winter when the scarce and dry vegetation make game viewing easier.

Others love the national park during shoulder seasons, when it’s less busy.

Then there are those who swear on the summer months being the best to visit the Kruger National Park, when newborn animals, flowing rivers and green lush vegetation delight the wildlife enthusiasts.

We visited the Kruger National Park in different seasons and can emphasize that there is no bad time to enjoy the so called ‘ best place on earth ‘ for wildlife enthusiasts in the east of South Africa. Depending on what is your main interest and preference you will find some facts on the seasons of the biggest national park of South Africa in this article to make your choice of travel time easier. Continue reading “Best time to visit Kruger National Park, South Africa”

One Month+ In Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park – best place on earth – a wild and harsh place for humans if not pampered in a luxury safari camp. But certainly worthwhile even only with canvas between the wild sounds of the night and us.

Our backs thankfully appreciate that we are back in civilization after several weeks camping on an air mattress whose occasional holes had to be repaired regularly after an uncomfortable night on the rock hard ground of Kruger National Park in South AfricaContinue reading “One Month+ In Kruger National Park, South Africa”

Juvenile Martial Eagle Left Behind

(Video) In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we observed a adult Martial Eagle leaving its nest while the juvenile aagle ate its lunch after calling its parent intensively.

In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we observed an adult Martial Eagle leaving its nest while the juvenile Martial Eagle ate its lunch after calling its parent intensively.

Short Facts about the Martial Eagle

Habitat

Sub-Saharan Africa, with a reasonable possibility to spot them in protected areas such as Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (where we took this video) or Kruger National Park, South Africa and Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Size

This is the largest eagle in Africa which wingspan can get over 2.5 meters and weight can be  slightly over six kilograms.

Diet

The martial eagle is one of the world’s most powerful raptors. Their diet consists mainly of birds like francolins, guineafowl, bustards, young ostriches, storks, herons, other waterfowl, hornbills and queleas. Other than that they also like to feed  on reptiles like  lizards and snakes and mammals like hares, hyraxes (dassies), mongooses, squirrels, rats, genets, foxes, monkeys, young warthogs and small antelopes and just about anything that moves.

Reproduction

The mating season is mainly between November and April. Martial Eagles build their nests in large trees, sometimes up to twenty meters off the ground with sticks. With usually only one egg every two years the reproduction rate is very slow. This is due to the juvenile birds remaining dependent of their parents for a relatively long period of six to twelve months.

Conservation

The low reproductive rate and its need of large territories make the martial eagle vulnerable in a world where there are not much wild spaces left.  Their numbers are severely declining because of shooting and poisoning by farmers, as the raptors are wrongly thought to be a major predatory threat to livestock. Collisions with power-lines and steep sided water reservoirs where many birds drown, are further reasons that their numbers are dwindling.

Additional protected areas must be developed and programs to educate farmers set in place to preserve the Martial Eagle and other endangered species.

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